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Bassfield’s Shakira Hall is top district speller

There were some tense moments in the Bassfield High auditorium as students representing Carver Elementary, J.E. Johnson Elementary, Prentiss High, Bassfield High and Prentiss Christian School vied for top place in the Jeff Davis County School District by out spelling each other. Spectators collectively held their breath silently willing each student to spell correctly. Fourteen students began the event but in the end there could only be one winner.

Shirley Burnaham / The Prentiss Headlight — JDCSD Spelling Bee winners are: 3rd Ron Baker, 1st place Shakira Hall and 2nd place winner Angel Magee. 

Shirley Burnaham / The Prentiss Headlight — JDCSD Spelling Bee winners are: 3rd Ron Baker, 1st place Shakira Hall and 2nd place winner Angel Magee.

After many elimination rounds the top speller award went to Bassfield eighth grade student Shakira Hall. In second place was PHS 7th grade student Angel Magee and PHS 8th grade student Ron Baker took third place. All participating students received a certificate and the top three received trophies.

Judges for the event were JDCSD retired Educators Billie Jean Paige and Shirley Lewis and Community Representative Walt Moeller. JDCSD Retired educator Rosie Powell acted as alternate judge. Word Announcer was Ann McMurray, JDCSD Retired Educator.

Hall will represent the district in the State Spelling Bee in Jackson on March 18th at 10 a.m. and the event will be featured on the MS Public Broadcasting Station.

Shirley Burnaham / The Prentiss Headlight — Students from BHS, Carver Elementary, PHS, J. E. Johnson and Prentiss Christian School participated in the Jeff Davis County School District Spelling Bee.

Shirley Burnaham / The Prentiss Headlight — Students from BHS, Carver Elementary, PHS, J. E. Johnson and Prentiss Christian School participated in the Jeff Davis County School District Spelling Bee.